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Thursday, February 14 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Difficult IEP Meetings: Using Mindfulness to Transform Adverse Relationships into Collaborative Partnerships

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Mindfulness means being aware moment-to-moment, without judgement of one’s bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions, and consciousness, according to Len Riskin. Mindful communication helped us develop self-understanding, understanding others, express compassion and empathy, and facilitate collaboration. With several decades of combined experience in educational leadership, special education law, and dispute resolution, the presenters will apply mindfulness principles to transform difficult IEP meetings into collaborative partnerships. Participants will learn to effectively: (1) prepare for adversarial IEP meetings; (2) empathize with angry parents, and with dedicated staff members, to facilitate their common goal of educating children; and (3) make a defensible offer of FAPE, even when they anticipate parent refusal.


Richard Erhard

President, Richard J. Erhard & Associates
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Constance Taylor

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
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